Raheem Sterling has continued to develop at Manchester City since his move from Liverpool in 2015.
The 23-year-old winger has become one of the first names on the team sheet for England boss Gareth Southgate and City boss Pep Guardiola.
Karren Brady, the vice-chairman of West Ham United, believes that he is "reaching towards the level of George Best."
In her column for the Sun, the Apprentice star said that only Chelsea's Eden Hazard has outdone Sterling this season and he might not be far off from matching the United legend.
"He stubbornly persisted with his desire to move to City," Brady wrote.
"And while I am unaware of the full reasons why, I'm sure a player who trains so steadfastly and prides himself on having gifts enjoyed by only the best footballers -- super-quick feet, the balance of a tightrope walker and speed -- isn't driven purely by monetary rewards.
"As a footballer, he's reaching towards the level of George Best. And the comparison shouldn't embarrass a player who still has untapped potential."
Former Manchester United and Southampton player Danny Higginbotham has also backed Sterling to be a major hit this season.
"People still say his finishing isn't great and we still talk about him missing chances, but this is a player who scored 23 goals last season playing as a winger more often than not," he explained (via Sky Sports).
"If that finishing does get better, I believe he can get 30 goals this season, not a problem at all. If he misses a chance, he has no problem with it because he'll go back, get the opportunity again and put it in the back of the net.
"I think he'll break the record he set for himself last season of 23 goals and I think he'll be pushing 30 plus this season."
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